Alltech has committed to nine of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The company took the next step toward its sustainability goals and its vision for a Planet of Plenty by signing a letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations committing Alltech to the UN Global Compact.
Companies that join the Global Compact are asked to select the targets they feel are most closely aligned with their core business and are therefore actionable by the company. “We believe that by adopting new technologies, improving business practices and embracing innovation, the agri-food sector can support a Planet of Plenty,” said Dr. Mark Lyons, president and CEO of Alltech who signed the letter to the UN secretary general. “We join the growing number of organizations around the world united by a passionate commitment to building a more sustainable future.”
Alltech chose nine Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that align directly with its core business and its vision for a Planet of Plenty. Among these goals are zero hunger, good wealth and well-being, quality education, gender equality and climate action. “Climate change is one of the SDGs that affects people, animals and plants in all regions, on land and in water. Several Alltech products have been certified by the Carbon Trust to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company plans to utilize its industry partnerships across the agri-food sectors to further promote nutritional technologies and improved farm management practices that reduce environmental impact,” stated Alltech.
Two other goals in the Alltech vision are life below the water and life on land. “Fish oil and fish meal are often key components for animal diets. Turning toward alternative feeds such as algae or insects has proved helpful, but there is still much that can be done to improve aquaculture’s methods of food production. Alltech can contribute to these efforts in several ways, including through the Alltech Coppens Aqua Centre in the Netherlands.”
On land challenges such as desertification, land degradation, drought and deforestation can according to Alltech be addressed by maximizing performance and yield of animals and crops through nutrition, technology and improved management. “We offer solutions which can have a significant positive impact on these aspects.”
“To align technology and science is key to our founding principle of innovation”, according Alltech and therefor the goal Partnerships to reach goals is one of the chosen nine SDGs of the company. “We share the belief that the ambitious goals outlined by the UN will not be possible without connecting as many companies, organizations and individuals as possible in united action. Our vision Planet of Plenty is a call for collaboration across industry sectors and geographical boundaries.” Alltech’s commitment was accepted into the UN Global Compact, and the company officially joined a network of over 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business participants committed to building a sustainable future.